by Matt Paulson
Question: Is there a contradiction in creation events of Genesis 1 and 2?
Answer: Genesis, Chapter 1, Creation Events in Complete Harmony
Day 1 God creates the Heavens and the Earth. The sun brings forth light, the Earth spins, and darkness is upon the face of the deep (and Earth).
Day 2 The firmament is the volcanic eruptions in the sea. Firmament above is the sunshine above the vapor canopy.
Day 3 God separates the land from the ocean. Firmament of the volcanic eruptions creates the land. The grasses and other vegetation start to grow.
Day 4 The Canopy dissipates; the sun and the moonlight start to hit the Earth. The seasons of life begin.
Day 5 God creates the sea animals, winged insects, and birds.
Day 6 God creates animals and man.
Day 7 God rests. (A humanic term to “cease” from creating).
Genesis, Chapter 2, Creation Revisited--Summary Form
2:1 (This is Day 1, but it is not mentioned) God creates the Heavens and the Earth.
2:2-3 (This is Day 7) God rests on the seventh day.
2:4 (This is a repeat of Day 1) God mentions He created the Heavens and the Earth.
2:5 (This is Day 5, but it is not mentioned)--God mentions that He created grasses and plants.
2:7 (This is Day 6, but it is not stated)--God creates man and animals; but this time He mentions man first and animals second. He does this because He has Adam name the land animals that were created on Day 6.
2:19 (This is Day 6 continued, but it is not stated)--And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.
2:22 (This is Day 6 continued, but it is not stated)--And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Compare the creation events day to day of Genesis 1 and 2. There is no contradiction.